by Paul Webster
Stocksbridge Park Steels play host to Corby Town that sees eighth take on ninth respectively with the two teams both looking to nail down a play-off place.
The visitors have dropped out of the top six following a run of six league defeats on the spin that only ended with a 2-0 home win over Loughborough Dynamo last weekend and go into the game one point behind Steels but having played two more games.
“Its the start of an important period for us with three games over the next eight days,” said Steels boss Chris Hilton.
“We’re at home so we need to make that count, the surface is looking really good which will allow us to play our creative style off football.
We go to Gresley on Tuesday then Chasetown next Saturday, who like us are looking to get into the play-offs. We’ll be aiming to try win all three but we’ll certainly be looking for at least seven-points that should put us in a really healthy position.”
Stocksbridge go into the game on the back of a 2-0 win at Market Drayton Town. “It was a really good away performance,” said Hilton. “If it wasn’t for their keeper it would had been six or seven, he pulled off some fantastic saves.”
Corby won the reverse fixture 2-1 at the end of September with Scott Ruthven scoring a last minute consolation goal. Stocksbridge will be without Todd Jordan (suspension) and Jack Poulton.
Meanwhile, former Stocksbridge midfielder Harrison Biggins made his full league debut for Fleetwood Town in the 2-1 defeat against Portsmouth on Tuesday after joining the Division One side from Steels summer.